Tablet’s, iPhone’s and larger cameras are everywhere. Everyone has a camera of some sort. There seems to be no limit to the number of pictures that are taken every day. Software such as Snapseed and iPhoto has given the everyday photographer the ability to turn out some very credible images.
Over and over again when my images are exhibited at art shows, I’ve overheard the comments, “I can do that!” “Why would I purchase a picture that I could take?” It’s a frustrating reality but the message is clear. The images that I exhibit must be of a quality and artistic value that is well above the ordinary.
When I capture an image and then start the development process I ask myself, “How can I make this image stand out above the rest?” Obviously an excellent composition is important. And so too are well-applied image development steps.
When my images have drawn critical acclaim and even sold I believe that they have stood out and are the best I could do at the time.
As I have mentioned in previous posts my objective is to set a learning path that will allow me to continually learn and improve as a photographer – a tall order for a geezer. My wife was hoping for improvement in other areas but I can’t do more than one thing at a time. I’m a typical geezer.
I’m really happy with a lot of my images but I think I can do better. So, I’ve begun a process of evaluation and consolidation. I still shoot lots. But I think that spending time trying to improve what I’ve already processed will be a very valuable part of my learning.
In the next while I will be editing and adding images to my website. When complete those images will be my best. But then again, I continue to learn so I suppose this process will be on going.
Last spring on a hike near Superstition Mountain east of Apache Junction in Arizona I captured this image. The setting sun lit the landscape beautifully. Clouds provided interest and depth. Cactus were almost ready to bloom .
The image appeared ordinary when I opened it in Lightroom. I cropped it and adjusted the levels with Elements 10. Then with Nik’s Viveza and Color Efex Pro I completed the development process. I was really happy with the end result and posted it to Facebook.
It is now on top of my improvement list. After attending Image Exploration 2013 where I learned some new techniques I think I can make some interesting improvements. I even have a new toy to try out – a Wacom tablet and pen. Should be fun.